of Los Angeles 

Co-Presidents Award

This year the Co-Presidents Award honors 
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Maureen A. Tighe, Central District of California. 

Judge Tighe was appointed to the bench on November 24, 2003 by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Tighe began her career clerking for U.S. District Judge Harold Ackerman, District of New Jersey, followed by a two-year stint with Sullivan and Cromwell. 

Thereafter, Judge Tighe dedicated her life to public service, working ten years for the Office of the U.S. Attorney and then serving as U.S. Trustee for multiple California Districts until being appointed to the bench. 

Judge Tighe entered public service at a time when identifying as LGBT almost certainly could spell the end of her career. Recognizing the need for change, in 1997, Judge Tighe served as Co-President of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles—known then as Lawyers for Human Rights. Judge Tighe recalls the culture in those days as one necessitating the somewhat covert name—Lawyers for Human Rights. In a time when identifying or associating with the queer community was still taboo, Judge Tighe gave herself to the cause. 

Today, Judge Tighe continues to serve as a visible out judge and role model to LGBTQ attorneys and the community at large. Signing on to opinions like In re Balas, 449 B.R. 567 (C.D. Cal. 2011), where the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California took a stand for marriage equality, Judge Tighe is an inspirational leader and voice for change.

Community Service Award

This year's Community Service Award honors

Founded in 1989, Bienestar Human Services is a non-profit organization that uses an innovative and compassionate peer-to-peer model that is 100% culturally relevant to its constituents. 

Bienestar has seven community centers strategically placed throughout Southern California that link the Latino, LGBTQ, and other underserved populations to an array of services, including:

1) health and wellbeing promotion; 

2) HIV, STDs, and Hepatitis C prevention and screenings; 

3) outpatient behavioral health treatment dealing with mental health and substance abuse disorders; and

4) support groups and social-cultural activities that build self-esteem, a sense of community and create an environment for self-acceptance among LGBTQ individuals, their loved ones, and family members.

New Board of Governors Installation

Traditionally, the new LGBT Bar LA Board of Governors is sworn-in at the Annual Gala and this year is no different. Join us as we install the new Governors as they take the helm during these historic times for the LGBTQ community and the country.

Donald L. Snow Scholarship

Each year LGBT Bar LA offers the Donald L. Snow Scholarship, which is awarded to deserving local law school students. The Donald L. Snow Scholarship was made possible by a generous bequest from LGBT Bar LA member Donald L. Snow. 

Because of this gift and this continuing endowment, LGBT Bar LA is able to award scholarships to locally enrolled law school students who demonstrate financial need and either (1) are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, or (2) have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the promotion of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender persons. 

This year, we shall recognize the law school student(s) awarded a scholarship at the 38th Annual Gala. Help us celebrate these aspiring attorneys on their journey.

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